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Blog - Alberta Diary April 19
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Royal consort, as seen all week on the Government of Alberta's web page. Image: Government of Alberta screenshot
David J. Climenhaga | The monarchy has been weaponized by the right -- in Britain and in Canada.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 18
Kim Elliott | Join in the celebration! Donate any amount and you could win a copy of "Everything on (the) Line: 20 Years of Social Movement Stories from rabble.ca," published by Between the Lines on April 18, 2021.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 16
Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O'Toole. Image credit: Erin O'Toole/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Whether or not the prideful and inflexible Jason Kenney likes it, carbon taxes are coming to Canada in some form, no matter which party forms the next government.
Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice April 15
Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O'Toole. Image credit: Erin O'Toole/Facebook
Tina Beier | Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole's claims to be pro-choice mean nothing if he allows his cabinet to issue and vote for anti-choice private member's bills.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 15
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney displays the speculative agreement he had just signed promising to promote "small modular reactors." Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After a feasibility study, four Conservative provincial governments have now signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the advancement of an unproven and expensive technology.
Blog - Taking Sides April 14
Candian flag. Image credit: Hermes Rivera/Unsplash
Philip Lee | Understanding the behind-the-scenes of how the internet and digital technologies function, including issues of privacy, security, and surveillance, has to be a part of public education.
Blog - David Suzuki April 14
Trees in Whistler, B.C. Image credit: Randy Tarampi/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Tension between outdated extraction-based economics and the desire to protect that which makes the planet habitable for humans and other life is coming to loggerheads at Fairy Creek.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 13
Image courtesy of Anjum Sultana
Maya Bhullar | Feminist recovery plan author Anjum Sultana discusses what a feminist recovery must look like to help women in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 13
Alberta Speaker Nathan Cooper is really sorry about signing that letter criticizing Premier Jason Kenney's COVID-19 policy. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | From #Kudatah to anti-vaxx: what is it about right-wing mobs in Alberta and their chants of "lock 'er up"?
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 12
Off the Hill graphic
Kim Elliott | With the first federal budget in two years expected on April 19, a potential election looms large against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic and faltering roll-out of a national vaccine program.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 12
Protesters on the road in front of GraceLife Church. Image credit: Gracelife Church of Edmonton/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta politicians and police seem uncharacteristically solicitous of the rights of the COVID-denying protesters.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 12
Person presses hands against glass. Image credit: KLEITON Santos/Pixabay
Doreen Nicoll | Spousal abuse, also known as intimate partner violence, has nothing to do with love but everything to do with power and control.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 9
Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Alberta legislature. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The Speaker of the Alberta legislature sailed very close to the wind when he lent his name to a letter signed by a group of dissident government MLAs opposed to COVID-19 restrictions.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 8
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during Tuesday's COVID-19 news conference. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | This rebellion makes Jason Kenney look weak. It suggests the natural state of the right in Alberta is to be divided between a far-right social conservative fringe and a true centre-right party.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 7
Front of the Gracelife Church building in January 2021. Image: Gracelife Church of Edmonton/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | RCMP personnel fenced off GraceLife Church in Parkland County southwest of Edmonton this morning for repeated violations of COVID-19 public health restrictions.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada April 7
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Sara Rans, Rabbi David Mivasair, Sam Hersh | Two resolutions being proposed at the upcoming NDP convention are integral to the NDP's being an anti-racist and anti-colonial party.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 7
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 news conference. Image credit: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Missing from the Alberta premier's news conference yesterday was the usual Ottawa-bashing, presumably because vaccine supplies are now flowing to provinces faster than they can get them into arms.
Blog - David Suzuki April 7
Hands holding a plant. Image credit: Noah Buscher/Unsplash
David Suzuki | To prevent pandemics, we must recognize our interconnectedness with nature and protect natural systems that make the planet habitable for humans. Doing so will also help with the climate emergency.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 6
University of Calgary education professor Sarah Eaton, who studies academic accountability and ethics. Image: Screenshot of Youtube video
David J. Climenhaga | "How do you teach students ethical conduct when the people preparing the curriculum are violating it?"
Blog - Alberta Diary April 5
Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Taking initiative to save yourself and your family is apparently frowned upon in the UCP's Alberta, particularly if it means curtailing your shopping or dining out over a long weekend.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 5
Why Palestine solidarity matters at the NDP convention
rabble staff | Join Libby Davies, Zahia El-Masri, Hammam Farah, Svend Robinson and David Mivasair for a discussion on the importance of Palestine solidarity in the NDP.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 31
Mart Kenney conducting during a musical performance. Image: Still from "Canada Calling" documentary/NFB
David J. Climenhaga | Getting Premier Jason Kenney's grandfather, forgotten big band conductor Mart Kenney, into the Alberta Grade 6 curriculum's unit on music has struck a sour note.
Blog - David Suzuki March 31
Smoke from a factory chimney. Image credit: veeterzy/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Although this decision was about carbon pricing, it signals that the federal government has the authority to enact national climate and clean energy regulations that reduce harmful emissions.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 30
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announces the curriculum changes yesterday morning. Image: Screenshot of Alberta Government video
David J. Climenhaga | The draft is so far over the top one has to wonder if it's evidence of someone's pathological urge to get away with something monumentally outrageous just so they could say they did.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 29
Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein playing golf with Dan MacLennan, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees during part of Klein's term in office. Image: Dan MacLennan
David J. Climenhaga | It would be useful to still have Ralph Klein, who died on this day in 2013, around to get his take on Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party. It likely wouldn't be entirely complimentary.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 29
Person sits in shadow. Image credit: Ashley Byrd/Unsplash
Doreen Nicoll | A sexual assault survivor was charged and fined after her convicted rapist told police she shared unredacted court transcripts with her circle of family and friends.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog March 29
Peace River Valley, 2020. Image credit: Garth Lenz. Used with permission.
Maya Bhullar | RAVEN is a Canadian NGO whose mission is to raise legal defence funds for Indigenous peoples to defend their treaty rights and the integrity of their traditional lands and cultures.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 28
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Maybe it's time to bring back a line from those whispery-voiced Albertans for Change "attack ads" from 2008 that made premier Ed Stelmach so mad? Jason Kenney. No plan. No way!
Blog - Taking Sides March 26
People attend a Women's March. Image: Josh Howard/Unsplash
Sarah Macharia | If there's anything that a quarter-century of media monitoring has revealed, it is that the road to gender equality is long and treacherous.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 26
The Supreme Court of Canada Building in Ottawa. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Until conservatives actually have a plan to lay on the table and contrast with that of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government, none of their rhetoric means much.

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